Someone please tell me why there is such a fuss about this film? Sure, it’s nice to see a “different” film. And it would indeed be nice if the film was even mildly music-oriented.
For a film that is about rocking and rock music, the soundtrack was nearly awful. I mean the songs that are playing in the film actually help you understand why the band didn’t perform for a long time. They were bad. They weren’t creative. They randomly picked riffs and thought they were jamming. One of them had a nauseating wife who didn’t appear to have a life of her own. The only songs that were actually nice were the ones played by other bands.
Well.. some spoilers. Not that it matters really.
Story Outline: Four very annoying people. Hang out in jeep with groupies. Wear sunglasses. Wear stuff on hair. Sing once in a while. Ego clash. Break up. Come back many years later. One guy dies. Another walks out of a cab in a traffic jam and manages to join the group performing live somewhere or the other. Yawn!
Here’s what I know about the “rockers” from university type settings. I used to be in an insignificant band myself and we did mostly covers. We were kids from middle class families who had deadlines, had bad hair, limited pocket money and deluded ourselves with the idea that we were somehow very talented. See, had this film been about delusions of talent and coming to terms with life outside the inter-Uni competitions, it would have made a lot more sense.
Plus, if the film is about music, is it too much to ask for a little accuracy. They have “live performances”, and the director tries to give it a Dire Straits silhouette touch. Apparently they trained for this film and all. Which is really weird given that they don’t show a bass guitarist in sight, despite the songs having strong basslines. Someone please explain the ghostly member who played those bits okay? Then there was the guy on the synth who kept pounding his fingers on the keyboard. And the rock is so soft, it puts birthday cakes to shame.
The rock scene that I remember from the 2000 era was hard. There was nothing soft about those years. This film on the other hand, limply claims to be about music and all.